Creating a Backup Plan for Home Births

Being Prepared

Preparing yourself for your home birth will involve quite a bit of education. Becoming educated in potential problems can help you prepare for the decisions you, your partner, and your midwife might have to make. However, thinking of these things ahead of time and discussing when you would want to be transferred to a hospital can help ease some of the concerns you might have beforehand.
 
Also, writing up a birth plan, packing a bag, and preparing for a possible hospital transfer can help put your mind at ease if complications do occur. Having things planned out as much in advance as possible before your baby arrives can help relieve unnecessary stress if a hospital transfer is recommended.
 
If you've decided to have a home birth, a hospital transfer is not something you're hoping for. However, there may be times when it is necessary, both for your safety and that of your baby. Try not to be too disappointed by this -- try to value the time that you got to spend laboring in the comfort of your home.
 
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